A FREE Boston-Area Park Worth Driving To

It’s that time of year — when we create our summer bucket lists and make plans for day trips to explore all Greater Boston has to offer. Want a new spot to add to your list? Try World War I Memorial Park and Zoo in North Attleboro!

This park has so much for the kids to do, you could really spend an entire day here. And it’s completely free! The park is actually located at the highest point in Bristol County, and it’s easily accessible from 495 and 95, at 401 Elmwood St. in North Attleboro. It is close to lots of restaurants, or you could pack a lunch to eat at one of the many picnic areas (because you could easily entertain your kids for hours here).

Let’s break down the best features.

It has a petting zoo.

The zoo features a bunch of farm animals, including donkeys, goats, sheep, potbelly pigs, deer, emus, llamas, and peacocks. Bring your quarters, because you can buy corn to feed the animals.

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It has playgrounds.

The park features multiple playground areas. There is a small toddler playground near the farm animals. Look for lots of rocks to climb on and explore there, too. There is also a much bigger playground area on the opposite side of the park.

It has a “beach.”

The newest spot at this park is a beach area — a huge sand pit, complete with shovels and sand toys. Let the kids take their shoes off and dig in the sand.

It has nature trails.

The park and arboretum have a number of walking trails for families who like to hike. Don’t forget to look for signs of wildlife, like wild turkeys, birds, fox, deer, woodchucks, squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits. Oh, and bring your discs — there’s a frisbee golf course.

It has a butterfly garden.

“Julia’s Garden,” which honors a local 9-year-old girl who passed away from a number of medical conditions, is a lovely place to explore. Her garden includes a wishing well, a butterfly fountain, butterfly benches, and a flower garden with butterfly-attracting plants, a touchable sensory garden, and a fragrant plant section. Also, look for the amazing unicorn statue!

It has an awesome slide.

One of the coolest features at the park is the mega slide. This great covered slide is built into the side of a hill. Please take my advice, parents, and do not attempt to go down the slide yourself. I have tried it and lived to regret it. We are not the spring chickens we used to be. 

Note that there are port-a-potties in two locations in the park, but no real restrooms. However, it is a two-minute drive to a gas station or fast food restaurants. 

This park is such a great place for summer fun! Come check it out.


Leah is a Massachusetts native who grew up in the MetroWest area. She met her husband in 2006 and they bonded over all things Boston. After moving to North Carolina for 4 years, they realized they had to move back to New England. (love that dirty water!) In 2011 they welcomed a son into their family. Then 2014, 1 week before having their daughter, their son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The last but not least little guy came in 2017. With three kids and special needs in their life, they rely on an amazing support system of friends and family. Leah is a stay at home mom, who is also growing a small business, and enjoying the independence and freedom it has given her. Loves: Great food (mostly made by her talented husband), playing with the kids, the beach, date nights, The Pats, The Sox, The B’s, new socks and bras, and American history, and movies. Can’t stand: Cotton balls, weeds, broken crayons, pollen, and vacuuming up Cheerios every half hour.